The Department of Neurosurgery offers seven areas of further specialization: Functional, Neuroendovascular, Neuro-Oncology, Pediatrics, Peripheral Nerve, Skull Base, and Spine. These fellowships are CAST (Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training of the Society of Neurological Surgery) approved.
The functional neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Utah offers comprehensive training in all aspects of modern stereotactic and functional procedures, preparing the fellow for a successful career in academic neurosurgery. The fellowship features structured training in surgical techniques, practice management, and scientific research.
The fellowship in neuroendovascular surgery will accept one fellow per year of training. The fellowship training program will be two years in length. The University of Utah Hospital will function as the primary teaching center with the Intermountain Medical Center as a secondary site.
Our fellowship is a one-year program in clinical neuro-oncology with the possibility of a second research year designed to provide the fellow with excellent clinical training and experience in basic and/or clinic investigation, leading to eligibility to sit for the UCNS Board exams. We have one fellow per year. The program consists of clinical rotations and research education and training, enhanced with a structured didactic program. There is sufficient flexibility to allow for fellows to structure their experience to achieve their career goals.
The pediatric neurosurgery fellowship consists of a 12-month clinical rotation at Primary Children's Hospital. With five attending pediatric neurosurgeons, the neurosurgical service is active and includes exposure to a broad range of pathology. Approximately 1,000 pediatric neurosurgical cases are performed each year.
The fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery is a 6- to 12-month program that specializes in the complete range of peripheral nerve surgery. This includes peripheral nerve tumors, complex entrapment syndromes, peripheral nerve injuries and their repair, pain disorders, CNS disorders that benefit from peripheral nerve surgery (including spinal cord injury and spasticity), and surgical diagnosis. Expertise is built in anatomy, MR and ultrasound imaging, electrodiagnostic studies, and neurostimulation. Clinical practice is integrated with neurology and plastic hand surgery. Minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques, including spinal, are emphasized.
The skull base fellow is appointed for one to two years. The fellow will participate in the clinical diagnosis, preoperative assessment, intraoperative participation, and postoperative management of patients with skull base lesions including complex tumors at the base of the skull, complex aneurysms located at the cranial base, and head and neck cancer (along with the ENT division of the Department of Surgery).
The spine fellowship is a one-year program that provides a complete experience in spine and spinal cord surgery. We emphasize clinical experience of complex spinal cases complemented by high-level research and teaching of residents and medical students. Subspecialty program exposure includes complex cervical spine disorders, spinal deformity surgery including scoliosis, spinal oncology including radiosurgery, and degenerative spine disease.